April 2006

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Byrdcliffe Linen Press

Recreating a classic cabinet that breaks the rules of Arts & Crafts. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 34-44 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now The history of most pieces of furniture can be traced back to one individual – usually the designer, the maker or the client. The roots of...

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Endurance Test: Blue Spruce Marking Knife

Handmade and perfect in every detail. By Christopher Schwarz Page: 29 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now When people ask for my recommendation on almost any kind of tool, I attempt to give them several choices: I’ll recommend Tool A if you’re this kind of woodworker; Tool B if you’re...

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Tool Test: DeWalt DW718 – Excellent With Minor Demerits

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 28 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now When it comes to miter saws, it’s fair to say we’re some of the toughest customers around. We have things  we’d like to change on even our favorite saws, and that’s probably because we demand cabinetmaking precision from a...

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Tool Test: Impact Power Now in a Screwdriver

By David Thiel Page 27 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now A handy occasional-use screwdriver should be inexpensive, reasonably powerful, retain a charge (or charge quickly) and be compact. Craftsman has answered some of our requirements by offering a cordless screwdriver with impact capabilities, offering torque and control never before...

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Tool Test: Micro Plunge Precision

By Robert W. Lang Page: 27 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now Like many woodworkers, I tend to be a closet machinist. It’s fun to see how close to perfection I can get, and I’m a sucker for anything that reads or adjusts to a thousandth of an inch. For...

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Tool Test: New Small Backsaws from Gramercy Tools

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 26 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now Small straight-handled saws have a tarnished reputation these days. Except for the Lie-Nielsen versions, most are poorly made, sharpened and set. Like any saw, their problems can be fixed, but repair takes significant skill when dealing with such fine...

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Out on a Limb: Consider the Source of that Wisdom’

By Christopher Schwarz Page: 10 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now My favorite quote about woodworking came from the pen of John Brown, a maker of Welsh stick chairs and columnist for the British magazine Good Woodworking. Here it is: “By all means read what the experts have to say....